Redeveloping downtown Clearwater is a waste of city tax dollars - 2009-06-02
Downtown waste of city tax dollars
I am writing to you because I feel strongly about the so-called redevelopment of downtown Clearwater. I think the taxpayers of Clearwater are having their taxes wasted on the attempt to revitalize the downtown area. I have some experience in this field, since I taught marketing and retailing for 36 years at universities, including the University of South Florida.
The city has poured millions of dollars into trying to revitalize the downtown area, including the fancy road work on Cleveland Street. It has not worked and it will not work because downtown Clearwater has gone the same way as thousands of downtowns in our country in the past 60 years. Time has passed it by, mainly because people no longer desire to shop there.